Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

What is the origin of "February"?

prairie schooner

noun
1.
a type of covered wagon, similar to but smaller than the Conestoga wagon, used by pioneers in crossing the prairies and plains of North America.
Origin of prairie schooner
1835-1845
1835-45
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for prairie-schooner
Historical Examples
  • A covered wagon, of the prairie-schooner type, was drawn up at the foot of the rise.

    A Prairie Infanta Eva Wilder Brodhead
  • Existence is only a prairie-schooner, and we have to accommodate ourselves to it.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • They had got hold of a canvas-covered wagon, of the type of the old "prairie-schooner."

    They Call Me Carpenter Upton Sinclair
  • If they went at all it was in a prairie-schooner or on horseback.

    The Strength of the Pines Edison Marshall
  • Then he strode away and proceeded to dress on the other side of the prairie-schooner, without so much as a second look at us.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • His voice was the voice which had greeted her first from the steps of the prairie-schooner in which Lola's mother lay dead.

    A Prairie Infanta Eva Wilder Brodhead
  • On the back of one of these lots stood a tumble-down wooden building, and hidden away in this building was the prairie-schooner.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
British Dictionary definitions for prairie-schooner

prairie schooner

noun
1.
(mainly US) a horse-drawn covered wagon similar to but smaller than a Conestoga wagon, used in the 19th century to cross the prairies of North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for prairie schooner

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for prairie

9
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for prairie-schooner